Issue of April 17, 2011

Warm weather has arrived at our homes. If it has at yours too, you may be out in the garden, planting tomatoes, taking a dip in the pool, or reading under a shady tree. If so, we have some very good books to recommend and good reading all around.

A complex novel weaves itself around a single character and a national dish is, Nicki Leone says, “the not too subtle metaphor for the country that envelopes the story” in The World in a Bowl.

One of the newest entrants into the world of online book reviews is the Washington Independent Review of Books. This new site is already garnering major attention for the quality of its staff and its writing. What makes it so good and for readers such worthy reading? Lauren Roberts interviewed the founder who views himself as less in charge and more behind the vision in Literary Capital.

Growing up in a hotel is a radical departure from most people’s experiences, but for the few who do it’s a rarified, and unusual, world. Lindsay Champion reviews a memoir from one of those former kids and finds, as several of us on BiblioBuffet already have, a re-creation of “the opulence of one of Times Square’s finest hotels, and . . . a key to the back entrance. . . . with elaborate French dinners and a front-row seat to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in A Childhood at the Taft Hotel.

What does the collapse of Border’s mean for writers? An author who’s done hundreds of readings and talks on three continents, Lev Raphael considers the question along with the business and performance side of being a writer today in Crossing Borders.

April is Poetry Month, an excellent time to revisit or to visit for the first time poetry’s world. While books of poetry are likely the smallest-selling of all, and the least read, poetry is really a beautiful thing. Lauren Roberts revisits some of her favorite places and poems and invites you along in A Fairer House than Prose.

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